Thursday, November 18, 2010

B³ USHL Power Rankings

Previous week's ranking in parentheses

I'm sorry for not getting this out sooner. I started a new job and have been extremely busy. Nonetheless, I still wanted to get this out before the weekend's games begin.

1. (1) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (10-2-0, 20 pts)
Last Week: 3-0-0
W, 3-2 at Fargo
W, 4-0 at Sioux City
W, 4-3 (OT) at Indiana

Three road games, three wins. Cedar Rapids just continues to rack up points. Jayson Megna leads the USHL with 54 shots attempted. Every player except for one on the RoughRiders' roster has a positive +/- rating. Their 25 goals allowed is fewest in the USHL.

2. (2) Dubuque Fighting Saints (9-3-1, 19 pts)
Last Week: 2-0-0
W, 7-1 vs. Chicago
W, 4-1 vs. Muskegon

Dubuque has now won four straight. The Fighting Saints have scored a league-leading 55 goals. 

3. (5) Des Moines Buccaneers (7-1-2, 16 pts)
Last Week: 2-0-0
W, 5-4 (OT) vs. Muskegon
W, 7-2 vs. Waterloo

Make that six straight wins for the Bucs. Des Moines was 1-1-2, and now they are on fire. Seven wins in 10 games gives them the second-best winning percentage in the USHL. Eight of their 10 games have been played at home, so their schedule should get a little bit more difficult. However, the Bucs are 2-0 on the road.

4. (3) Sioux City Musketeers (9-5-0, 18 pts)
Last Week: 1-1-0
W, 1-0 at Fargo
L, 0-4 vs. Cedar Rapids

A narrow win over last-place Fargo and a one-sided loss at home to Cedar Rapids drops the Muskies. Sioux City is in second place in the Western Conference, but has played at least two more games than all the teams right behind them.

5. (4) Sioux Falls Stampede (8-4-0, 16 pts)
Last Week: 1-1-0
W, 2-1 vs. Omaha
L, 3-4 vs. Lincoln

The Stampede split games against two members of their West Division peer gro.....oh wait, sorry, they beat one team in their peer group. They lost another game to some other team.

6. (12) Lincoln Stars (7-5-0, 14 pts)
Last Week: 3-0
W, 3-0 vs. Tri-City
W, 4-3 at Sioux Falls
W, 8-0 at Tri-City

The Stars have won five games in a row and have moved well out of the cellar and into fifth place in the Western Conference. Their 42 goals scored are the second most in the Western Conference, and their power play is far and away No. 1 in the USHL at 27.08 percent.

7. (6) Green Bay Gamblers (8-3-2, 18 pts)

Last Week: 2-0-0
W, 4-2 at Waterloo
W, 3-2 (OT) vs. Chicago

Green Bay got two big wins over conference opponents to move them into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference. The only bad thing is Waterloo and Chicago went a combined 0-4 last week.

8. (8) Omaha Lancers (6-4-2, 14 pts)
Last Week: 1-1-1
L, 1-2 at Sioux Falls
W, 5-2 at Fargo
L, 5-6 (SO) at Muskegon

Omaha earned three points in three road games last week. The Lancers come to the Ice Box on Wednesday, Nov. 24 for the first time this season.

9. (7) Waterloo Blackhawks (6-4-1, 13 pts)
Last Week: 0-2-0

L, 2-4 vs. Green Bay
L, 2-7 at Waterloo

Waterloo's four-game winning streak came to an abrupt halt with two losses, including a 7-2 pasting at Des Moines.

10. (13) Muskegon Lumberjacks (6-5-3, 15 pts)
Last Week: 1-1-1
L, 4-5 (OT) at Des Moines
L, 1-4 at Dubuque
W, 6-5 (SO) vs. Omaha

Somehow, despite giving up the most goals in the USHL (60), Muskegon is in third place in the Eastern Conference. A lot of that has to do with the other teams playing very poorly.

11. (9) Tri-City Storm (4-4-4, 12 pts)
Last Week: 0-2-0
L, 0-3 at Lincoln
L, 0-8 vs. Lincoln

The Storm should be glad Lincoln isn't on their schedule again until January. Tri-City got taken to the woodshed by the Stars 11-0 in two games last week.

12. (14) Chicago Steel (5-8-2, 12 pts)

Last Week: 0-1-1
L, 1-7 at Dubuque
L, 2-3 (OT) at Green Bay

The Steel have now lost five in a row and seven of their last eight, but move up by default.

13. (11) Indiana Ice (4-6-2, 10 pts)
Last Week: 0-1-1
L, 3-6 vs. Youngstown
L, 3-4 vs. Cedar Rapids

Indiana has lost four in a row, and even worse, they were the team that let Youngstown win for the first time in nine games. The Ice aren't living up to their preseason hype to say the least.

14. (15) Youngstown Phantoms (5-8-1, 11 pts)
Last Week: 1-0-0
W, 6-3 at Indiana

Youngstown only played once, but only needed one game to snap its nine-game losing streak. It's about time the Phantoms won a game.

15. (10) Fargo Force (5-9-2, 12 pts)
Last Week: 0-3-0
L, 0-1 vs. Sioux City
L, 2-3 vs. Cedar Rapids
L, 2-5 vs. Omaha

Fargo has lost seven games in a row, including three home games last week. The Force are really struggling right now. Even with 2, 3, 4 and 6 games in hand on the rest of the Western Conference, they are still in last place.

16. (16) Team USA (3-8-1, 7 pts)
Last Week: 0-0-0 Bye

Team USA didn't play with the World Junior Championships going on. They host Omaha and Indiana this weekend.


Kassee said...

Its awesome to see the Stars keep moving up!

Yeti said...

Looks good, BT! Thanks! Sorry I'm a little late with this comment. I thought it posted last week when I first tried to leave a comment.

Fargo has dropped considerably, but a big reason for that is five of their better players missed a bunch of games while playing for Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge. I've seen them referred to as "The Fargo Five" in a few articles. There's no way that team will stay in last place long. I still think they will finish the regular season near the top of the standings. Way too much talent on that team. As you have seen this past weekend, when that team has all of their players in the lineup, they are a very good team. Two big wins against Sioux Falls and Waterloo.

Meanwhile, TC continues to slide.